Grateful Dead Live at Compton Terrace Amphitheatre on 1987-08-18
Schoeps CMC 32s > DAT > CD; via Sephira Yesod; Seeded to etree by PainoMan
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Subject: A long week!
Subject: Wish I could review this show...
For years, the only thing I remembered about this show was a very poignant (to me) rendering of 'Wake up your Chiiiina Doll' and it brought me back to my right sense for a few seconds. I was very pressed to believe I had the right show when I finally found this set and saw there was no China Doll that night. Must-a been working on a different level once again... ;)
The sets sound tight to me even if the mix is a little off and there seems like there was definitely some magic there that night.
Subject: May Not be an epic, but it's more worthy than some of the shows in the past week.
1st Set: Your run of the mill "Hell" opens up the festivities. Bobby's rearing to go, but the band is stuck in mellow mode. "Sugaree" is lucidly told, but nothing outstanding. "Walkin" sounds more mature than some of the earlier '87 versions, but is Not blistering. "Ramble's" got a sufficient amount of wah-wah's to make it interesting. "Esau," yay...it's fine. "Peggy's" got a reassuring, hopeful backbeat and Jerry's ethereal notes to counter this tale of lost and found love. Some dude at 6:41 needs "Jerrrryyy.." Alright, let's build to a mild but fun "Greatest." We segue right into an increasingly solid "Bertha." and after only 50 minutes of music, "We'll be back in a little bit." :(
I'm thinking- August in Phoenix... oy, let's just plan on putting forth consistent energy through 2 1/4 hours. Ever fried an egg on granite?
2nd Set: Jerry's swayerrific on "Crazy" but the drums are mired in the bog of an Arizona summer evening. "Playin"'s got a spicy clover so the meal becomes Not only more sustainable, but also more satisfying. Unfortunately, the "Terrapin" that follows is more of the former, besides the tight climax. "Drums" is convincingly done, but the "Space" drifts by without thought. There's virility in Brent's "Fantasy," as there is strength in a fresh sounding "Wharf." Maybe, the men haven't realized that a desert severely cools off in the evening. Not much to the "Throwin" intro, but Bobby's ready to belt. It's worthy, and thank goodness the neglected for 55 months AZ crowd gets to be on the rotation for the '87 return of "Lovelight."
"Black," the 4th 'new' tune of the evening-and the only time it would be played in the southwest...,closes the show.
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Thanks to the tapers for giving me a chance to dig on it again!
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